At least three of Apple's stores in New York City saw long lines for the iPad 2. At the company's flagship Fifth Avenue location, the first customers to claim their device were greeted by hordes of press photographers.
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At another store on the Upper West Side, customers lined up around the block for the chance to get their hands on the iPad 2.
Some analysts predicted that the iPad 2 would sell anywhere from 500,000 to 600,000 units during its first weekend of release.
The iPad 2 comes with hardware upgrades such as a dual-core A5 processor and front- and rear-facing cameras.
Both Verizon and AT&T offer 3G service for the iPad 2.
The iPad 2's 9.7-inch capacitive touch screen boasts a 1,024-by-768 resolution.
The iPad 2 is 33 percent thinner than the original iPad.
The iPad 2's rear camera records video at 720p, at 30 frames per second. The front camera can be used for FaceTime video chat.
Although marketed primarily as a consumer device, Apple likely hopes the iPad 2 will continue the company's momentum in the business space.
Apple claims the iPad 2 is capable of 10 hours of battery life.
The iPad 2 includes a digital compass and assisted GPS.
As with the original iPad (and all iOS products), the iPad 2 allows touch-screen navigation via gestures such as pinch-and-zoom.
Apple's multiplayer Game Center is a relatively new feature of iOS.
Apple hopes its wide variety of apps and games will allow it to maintain a competitive advantage over not only the rising number of Google Android-based devices, but also upcoming tablets from Research In Motion and Hewlett-Packard.
The iPad 2 supports a wide variety of video formats. However, the tablet continues to not support Flash, which prevents it from displaying a portion of the Web's rich content.
Ever since the original iPad's debut, Apple has made the aggressive sell that the tablet—in conjunction with a growing number of apps—is ideal as a productivity device.
Apple has tweaked certain apps for the iPad 2's launch, including GarageBand, which lets users compose music.
The touch-optimized iMovie is another revamped app released in conjunction with the iPad 2.
The iPad 2's e-mail takes advantage of its wider screen.
iTunes also takes advantage of the iPad 2's screen real estate.
The iPad's e-reader application, backed by Apple's e-bookstore, makes it a formidable opponent to dedicated e-readers such as the Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble's Nook.